HOSA Nationals Set For June

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BATESVILLE - The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Medical Professions Education (Med Pro Ed) program recently took thirty-two of its HOSA students to Hot Springs, AR for the State Conference on March 12-14, 2014.

Sixteen students placed in the top three places in competition making them eligible to compete on the national level in June in Orlando, Florida. The five schools participating in the UACCB Med Pro Ed program are Batesville, Cave City, Southside, Midland, and Cedar Ridge. The five students placing first were also offered a full tuition scholarship for two years to a select number of community colleges in Arkansas. Topics the students competed in included creative problem solving, job seeking skills, HOSA Bowl, extemporaneous writing, researched persuasive speaking, and medical spelling.

"HOSA" was originally an acronym for Health Occupations Students of America, but has recently been changed to the logo "HOSA: Future Health Professionals".  HOSA is an organization for middle, high, and postsecondary students similar to more familiar clubs like FBLA and Beta Club. HOSA is the only national student organization that exclusively serves secondary and post-secondary/collegiate students in pursuit of a career in the health professions.

"Our students are very excited about their accomplishments at the state level and are thrilled at the possibility of competing at the national level, said Jesse Cargill, Director of the program.  "Attendance is expected to be from 7000 - 8000 students and advisors (teachers)."  UACCB has two teachers in Med Pro Ed, Cargill and Marilyn Buschmann.

If you are interested in contributing toward the students’ cost of their national trip please contacts Jesse Cargill at UACCB at (870)612-2150.